Tumalo Trails

Granny’s Gone Crazy, scrap quilts

Yesterday morning I finally got around to finishing the blocks for 2 more of my oversize Tumalo Trails blocks – I find I always need to square my blocks up as I am a messy piecer – I am not accurate and I know it.  My finished large block should probably be 18 inches but after I square everything up it is 17 inches – so be it – I am not changing anything now – it will all fit together in the end – I like the pattern and I wanted to use up more scraps and I am doing so – all from the stash!  making a dent this year I hope.  There is supposed to be sashing with cornerstones but you know with the gap I left with the carpet showing though it kind of gives it a windowpane look doesn’t it.  Something to think about. I do have some plain gray fabric I could use if I go that route.  I haven’t decided on overall size and will just keep making more for now – doing about two at a time – I make 10 scrappy patchwork, pick out two colors for the half square triangles and make four for each block and then put them together.


As others have said – working on the hexies in the summertime is such an easy convenient project to have on hand.  I have a lot of little hexies cut and in the box, little papers, basting thread, threader, scissors, glue stick (to stick the middle of the paper to the fabric so it won’t blow away) and the little box is ready to take outside with me or work from the couch wherever I happen to be.  Now I need to prep some more baskets and have those handy as well so I don’t get bored with the hexies!  I know I have another little box someplace!


A little exercise was done, floors cleaned, book reading – I am reading a book by Ken Follett called “On Wings of Eagles” a true story for a change and I’m enjoying it. Garden work was done in the evening and I got the rest of the sweet potato plants in the ground , a new sweet red pepper to take the place of a failed one.  Green beans picked and the plants pulled up as between the aphids and the deer they didn’t look worth saving anymore.  Several tomatoes almost ripe and happy to say the bugs and deer are leaving them alone for now.  Here it is Friday already linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts.

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18 comments… add one
  • Hettie Pringle Jun 9, 2017

    Square or not I love your Tumalo Trail blocks!

    • Karen Jun 9, 2017

      thanks! I kind of like these blocks too and great way to use up scraps

  • Gretchen Jun 9, 2017

    Your Tumalo Trails blocks look very nice. This is going to be a very pretty quilt. You’ve got tomatoes almost ripe and you picked green beans! My green beans are 3″ tall and the tomatoes just got planted 2 weeks ago. This has been a crazy weather year in northern Indiana.
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    • Karen Jun 9, 2017

      overall though the garden is not doing well – I had more aphids then I have ever seen infest the peas and some of the beans – the brown mulch around the garden bed literately turned green for awhile while I was pulling out pea plants the other day – I had to sprinkle Sevin Dust on them and leave it for a couple days before I washed it away by spraying water on it.

  • Kristie Jun 9, 2017

    Your Tumalo Trails is looking great! I love working on hexies! I also keep some by the couch and some ready to take on a drive.

    • Karen Jun 9, 2017

      always a nice handy project

  • maxine lesline Jun 9, 2017

    The smaller the pieces, the more seams, .. and the more seams, the more risk of blocks being a bit mismatched… and of course, my projects are always little little pieces… I like projects done with little pieces.. eventually I manage to square up.. mostly… the blocks… But I enjoy what I do… especially the process.. the selection of fabrics… the lay out… the tweaking. Your Tumalo is a lovely combo.. a success.. even before it is completed. Nice to have your enjoyable posts each morning… thanks for your time.

    • Karen Jun 9, 2017

      thanks Maxine – yes when you make quilts with lots of pieces it is a lot of squaring up – or try to be perfect 🙂

  • Marianne Jun 9, 2017

    I love your Tumao Trails! You are so inspiring that I checked my box of 2 1/2″ squares but I don’t have enough. That’s OK, it will fill up soon enough, and I’ll keep that pattern in mind since I also have a box of left over HSTs. Had you considered not using any sashing at all? I do like the idea of the nine patch at the intersections, though. It will be pretty, regardless. I just finished a scrappy quilt, 48″ x 48″, and am not sure if I will enlarge it or not. So I set it aside while I think about it. It has a string quilt center surrounded by scrappy blocks and some selvage blocks. Guess many of us are thinking about using up stash lately.

    • Karen Jun 9, 2017

      the pattern for Tumalo Trails has sashing and cornerstones that is why I am considering it – the pattern actually calls for 1.5 inch blocks not the 2.5 so if you have enough of those you can make the smaller blocks that Bonnie has called for in the pattern – seeing as I didn’t have enough of those but lots of 2.5 I decided to make super size blocks instead. I thought while the sewing room was having it’s redo that it would be a good time to make scrappy quilts and try to use of some of the stash as I will soon have to be redoing how I store fabric

  • Lynn Jun 9, 2017

    Great scrappy trails pattern – one to keep in mind.
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    • Karen Jun 9, 2017

      it is pretty easy too – so doesn’t take a lot of thinking! which can be a plus sometimes

  • Karen Beigh Jun 9, 2017

    Eleanor Burns (Quilt In A Day) always talked about blocks that were your size. Say you needed plain setting blocks between your pieced blocks. She would tell you to measure your pieced blocks and then cut the plain ones to that size…..whatever it was.
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    • Karen Jun 10, 2017

      I’m following Bonnie Hunter’s pattern Tumalo Trails here is a photo of it. It is in her book Scraps and Shirttails. I was contemplating not putting sashing in between the blocks but I would not put setting blocks in this quilt. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/231653974560624588/

  • Raewyn Jun 10, 2017

    I love your bocks – perfect scrappiness, and I agree with you, your carpet makes ap great sashing! Your heexies are very summerlike -these portable projectsare so handy!!
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    • Karen Jun 10, 2017

      thanks! they do make a good portable project

  • Hi Karen,
    Do like that window pane look that just happened. I too have accuracy issues with cutting/piecing. Love your attitude cause you are right…it works out in the end. Ahh hexies…so many are addicted it seems. Dare I try them!

    • Karen Jun 14, 2017

      you will either love hexies or hate them – but they are something easy to have on hand in a project box for those five spare minutes scattered throughout the day when you sit down and want to put your feet up and work on something!

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